|Mordheim was the best excuse I could come up with for painting up some attractive, well armed women. At the time, GW's Mordheim Amazon models weren't available to the general public, so I ordered some of the Fanatic Blood Bowl amazon models and armed them. This one has a club from a plastic Lizardman model.
|Although harder to paint, I wanted each Amazon dressed in unique wild animal furs. This one has a leopard spot pattern done with light brown, reddish brown, black, and white. I also went for a darker skin tone than usual, mixing some brown into my tan and then drybrushing tan for highlights. Although my paints are flat enamels, they can take on a soft sheen when buffed, perfect for toned skin.
|My Amazon Shaman is a very simple conversion- a Wood Elf sorceress with a Feral Ork Shaman mask stuck onto her back. I went for a lighter skin and hair this time, to show that she is less of a combatant. I used the Leopard skin pattern again (one of my favorites). .The stone spear was painted black and carefully "wet- brushed" with green for that Wyrdstone look.
|The back of the Shaman. I had to carve away some of the Ork head to get the mask to sit flat on her back. The draped sleeves were a pain to paint (especially the straps), but worth it in the end. To make my Amazon's feathers stand out from the natural fur and skin colors, I use a dark red or (in this case) dark green color, drybrushed with tan or white for a dry look.
|Since I can only go so far with the Blood Bowl Amazons, I picked up some nice models from other lines to supplement my forces. I believe this one's a Ral Partha character, nice and big (unusual for non-GW models) and well posed, totally stock. I went for a Zebra stripe pattern- a real pain to paint over fur texture, lemme tell you! I love the way her hair came out though.
|You can see the shield and sword scabbard better in this back view. I used a light brown wash to shade the fur edges, but otherwise this model is pretty bold. The contrast works nicely against the plain, smooth skin though.
|This is a miniature from Confrontation (Keltois). Amazons were my excuse to buy these amazing models. In addition to brass and turquoise armor, I went for tiger stripes this time (still reminds me of the anime character "Lum", but what can you do).
|Another Blood Bowl amazon, this time converted to hold a bow. I used a Giraffe skin pattern this time, which looks great once you get it right (the white lines have to be clean, straight, and small!). I really like the way this came out, and might have to do another model with Giraffe pattern some day...
|This radical miniature is from the RAFM line, I believe. I re-armed her with some sizeable weapons- a bone club from a plastic zombie, and a wicked spear from the new plastic dark elves. Her armor is a strange mix of bone, metal and leather, so I didn't try any animal skins.
|I wanted some Braves to go with my more mature Amazons, and grabbed models wherever I could find 'em. This ex-Escher Juve has gone primitive, trading a pistol for a bow. The smooth clothes made Zebra striping much easier this time.
|Off-brand miniatures like this one tend to be small- perfect for Braves. The shield and bow are from the Mordheim accessories sprue. I went for Leopard skin again after struggling with those Zebra stripes...
|This Brave is not as dynamic, but still serviceable. Her sword is so small as to be fragile, but at least it looks more in scale than if I had replaced it with a GW one.
|Anyone in our Mordheim campaign can buy a little help (very little), and the Amazons are no exception. this pygmy was made out of a plastic Snotling and a metal feral ork standard top.
|I wanted a wild beast to accompany my Amazons, and after much searching, I settled on a cheap plastic toy- it only cost me 70 cents! BTW, if you put oil based paints onto rubber toys, they don't dry properly. So instead of priming this model, I settled for a dark brown wash right over the original model colors, and some tan and white drybrushing.
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